Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
This week’s featured beer is delicious IPA named Hop Stoopid, yet another beer from Lagunitas. I’ve featured their beers several times as of late – but hey – I can’t argue with a brewery that consistently brews great quality beers! And ’tis the summer season which means hoppy beers are in abundance. This beer is extra hopped, and dry hopped at the end, however it is also “extra malted” so the malt backbone does a dandy job of balancing things out so it isn’t too bitter, despite it’s larger IBU rating.
Tasty Mug Review
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep gold with a nice foamy head, good retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Smells super hoppy to me, with hints of pine and citrus. Nicely aromatic. As the beer warms slightly the malty aroma emerges more.
Taste: I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the flavor of this beer rounds out when compared with the strong hop aroma and the high IBUs. Just as a side-note, I’m still working my taste buds up to super hoppy IPAs and on first pass this smelled as though it would be heavy duty. Has a really clean, hoppy and bitter finish to it with a slight sweetness that lingers in the mouth afterward.
Mouthfeel: Nice, creamy medium-bodied beer that goes down smooth has very well-balanced carbonation. Follows the typical mouthfeel that is characteristic with most Lagunitas brews.
Overall: Fits the bill for hop heads and non-hop heads alike – a very good middle-of-the-road and well-balanced IPA that should be a real crowd pleaser. Yet another good brew from Lagunitas.
Tasty Mug Rating: 4.34 / 5
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Malts: Not listed
Hops: This is a dry-hopped beer
Special Ingredients: Not listed
Food Pairings: Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Grilled meat, fish or barbeque. I personally think this would go well with any spicy dish.
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip, Oversized Wine Glass
Aging: Can be cellared for long periods, under the proper conditions
Where to get it:
This one should be available at most stores that carry a decent craft beer selection.